Sheila Earhart Professor Carol Mintus English 161WB 26 October 2014 Appearance Does Not Matter “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” (Marilyn Monroe) Having the perfect body and the perfect hair does not always matter. Everything and everyone should be treated equal no matter what something or someone looks like. The short story Barbie-Q by Sandra Cisneros proves that. This short story is about two young girls who do not have enough money to afford everything they dream of. All they want is a new Barbie doll to play with.
Yet, despite the fact that the more modern versions of the same fairytales tend to work on portraying a more feminist side of the story, the beautiful girl always gets the Prince (or finds any form of love), falls in love, and becomes rich. If not, then misery envelopes the protagonist. Feminist critics try to shed a light on the reality of these stories and how the moral lesson is always the same. Even when it comes to real-life based fairy tales, like Pocahontas, where a young twelve-year-old Native American tribe princess is kidnapped from her family and forced to marry, the only “feminist” version that we hear of today is a Native American young woman who falls in love with a European man who is forcefully taken away from her. Despite the fact that these women had to suffer great ordeals during those times, fairytales have decided to convert this dreadful story into a story of love.
During this time many magazines and advertisements pushed the image that women were supposed to be happy housewives, with a white picket fence, and kissing their husbands off to work. In Friedan’s piece she stated, “And the women’s magazines, deploring the unhappy statistics about these young marriages, urged that courses on marriage, and marriage counselors, be installed in the high schools” (p. 10). This shows that America was pushing for women in this age to marry young and produce children even if she is unhappy with her marriage. Betty Friedan’s stance on this lifestyle for women was that is was destructive to a woman’s identity and belief in herself. In her piece she interviewed a woman who stated, “I begin to feel I have no personality.
Why People Are Choosing Natural Body Lotion Over Unnatural Lotion More and More? Beauty is desired and people go to all lengths to appear beautiful and presentable. There is an almost crazy obsession with beauty, especially among women. Thousands are going through plastic surgery to enhance or reduce certain body parts including bums, breasts, thighs, cheeks, eyelashes and so on. The modern woman values beauty for her own personality’s sake as well as for the fact that a potential boyfriend and husband is easier to get for a gorgeous woman.
Regardless of the outcomes, Homer has quite a modern view of female representation in his poem. Penelope proves that women can be just as smart, if not smarter, than men. She outsmarts the suitors that invade her home to escape marriage. For example, she weaves each day for years and tells the suitors that when she is done she will marry. Homer writes, “This was her latest masterpiece of guile: she set up a great loom in the royal halls and she began to weave, and the weaving finespun, the yarns endless, and she would lead us on: ‘Young men, my suitors, now that King Odysseus is no more, go slowly, keen as you are to marry me, until I can finish off this web…” (Homer).
Thus, I believe that feminism is a poorly made masquerade to cover women’s desire to control men. No one can deny that it was necessary for people like Betty Friedan in the ’50s and Gloria Steinem in the ’60’s. ( Olson, Marie “Finding our way” Aug 2017)Their movements were necessary for women to achieve equality amongst all people. But feminists won’t stop at equality. They want total sovereignty over the opposite sex.
This topic is something we feel needs to be said and heard by every single person on the planet. Women around the globe are treated differently compared to men because some do not believe women are just as strong, competent, or deserving of respect. We feel it is our job as feminists to try and make an impact for gender equality and stop this madness. According to Martha Rampton (2015), the first wave of feminism started in the nineteenth century fighting for women’s suffrage and participation in politics. The second wave took place in 1960’s so women could have civil rights.
Nevertheless, many of them are found to present the characters of women as the subordinate position. Moreover, researchers have some results for women in Disney films. According to Towbin, Haddock, Zimmerman, Lund, and Tanner (2003: 30), their ideas of women in Disney films are very intense: “(a) A woman’s appearance is valued more than her intellect; (b)Women are helpless and in need of protection; (c) Women are domestic and likely to marry; (d) Overweight women are ugly, unpleasant, and unmarried”. Apart from these grim results, Disney added more affronts to women by portraying women characters to yearn for and absorb in love as researchers mention that women are likely to marry. Therefore, marriage or love was considered as the common theme of Disney heroines.
In the propaganda, it is said that “best men wanted pureness in their wives. Even though they would try to persuade a girl to have sex and say they would marry her later, but as soon as she gave in, they would lose all respect and end up making her life miserable.” It shows that the society values highly of women’ pureness before marriage, and such that Esther comments this as if “the world is divided into people who had slept with somebody and people who hadn’t, and this seemed the only really significant difference between one person and another.” If woman does not obey to this patriarchal rule, their life will be doomed - taunted by the society and cannot safeguard a marriage. On the other hand, remaining pure is merely an option for men, like Billy. They would only care about their own desire and does not have to bear any
Which shows that it does not matter what is on the outside, but what is on the inside. “Perfection is a disease of a nation,” a verse used in Beyoncé song. It explains how women are obsessed with trying to be the ideal woman in the world. The message behind making the song was finding beauty in imperfection. The music video also showed younger Beyoncé accepting an award for a singing performance.